Due to the successful work of fire crews to contain the northern flank of the Knob Fire, the Evacuation Order for the following areas has been downgraded to an Evacuation Warning:
Areas east of Brushy Mountain Lookout Road/Forest Route 6N08A to Highway 299, south of Victor Creek to China Creek.
Residents who live in this area may begin to return home but should remain ready to evacuate again at a moment’s notice. While residents may begin to return home, it may be several days more until power is restored to the Willow Creek area. Approximately 192 residents remain without power within the evacuation warning area. For the latest information regarding current power outages and estimated time of restoration, please visit: https://pgealerts.alerts.pge.com/outages/map/.
No evacuation orders are in effect at this time.
EVACUATION WARNINGS remain in effect for:
A map of evacuation zones is available at tinyurl.com/humcoevacmap
More information about the USFS response to the Knob Fire and current acreage/containment estimates can be found here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7750/.
RETURNING HOME AFTER A WILDFIRE
Once a wildfire has burned through or near an area, many dangers can remain. Firefighters and utility workers begin restoring fire damaged areas as soon as they can. It is important to be aware of the hazards and know what to look for once an evacuation order is lifted.
When driving, watch for trees, brush and rocks which may have been weakened or loosened by fire weather and response. Be aware of debris or damage to roadways.
Inspect your home: check for the smell of gas and use a battery-powered flashlight to check for hot embers in rain gutters, on the roof, under overhangs, under decks and crawl spaces, wood and debris piles and attic.
If electricity is off, make sure all appliances are off before turning power back on. If there are any electrical wires on the ground, stay clear and contact your utility company immediately.
Discard any food that has been exposed to heat, smoke or soot.
Use a hose or wet towels to wet down and wipe off ash rather than sweeping or blowing it back into the air, creating unhealthy conditions.
Consider replacing all filters in your home and vehicle.
To rid your home of the smell of smoke, attach filters to box fans, cover with a wet towel doused in fabric softener and allow them to run to filter the air.
For more information on returning home after a wildfire and other great tips, visit: www.readyforwildfire.org/post-wildfire/after-a-wildfire/
SIGN UP FOR HUMBOLDT ALERT
County residents are encouraged to sign up for county emergency notifications via Humboldt Alert at humboldtgov.org/alerts. Residents must opt-in to receive evacuation notifications via phone or email.
If having trouble signing up for Humboldt Alert online, please contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services at 707-268-2500
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Daily information updates will continue to be distributed by the United States Forest Service online at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7750/ and on the U.S. Forest Service - Shasta-Trinity National Forest Facebook Page.
For more information regarding the Knob Fire, current impact and evacuation areas, please go to humboldtsheriff.org, visit @HumCoOES on Facebook and Twitter, or call 707-268-2500.